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  • Title: Air Raid
  • Author: Alexander Kluge Martin Chalmers
  • ISBN: 9780857420794
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On April 8, 1945, several American bomber squadrons were informed that their German targets were temporarily unavailable due to cloud cover As it was too late to turn back, the assembled ordnance of than two hundred bombers was diverted to nearby Halberstadt A mid sized cathedral town of no particular industrial or strategic importance, Halberstadt was almost totallOn April 8, 1945, several American bomber squadrons were informed that their German targets were temporarily unavailable due to cloud cover As it was too late to turn back, the assembled ordnance of than two hundred bombers was diverted to nearby Halberstadt A mid sized cathedral town of no particular industrial or strategic importance, Halberstadt was almost totally destroyed, and a then thirteen year old Alexander Kluge watched his town burn to the ground Translated by Martin Chalmers, Kluge s Air Raid is a touchstone event in German literature of the post war era Incorporating photographs, diagrams, and drawings, Kluge captures the overwhelming rapidity and totality of the organized destruction of his town from numerous perspectives, bringing to life both the strategy from above and the futility of the response on the ground Originally published in German in 1977, this exquisite report, fragmentary and unfinished, is one of Kluge s most personal works and one of the best examples of his literary technique Now available for the first time in English, Air Raid appears with additional new stories by the author and features an appreciation of the work by W.G Sebald More than a few of Kluge s many books are essential, brilliant achievements None are without great interest Susan Sontag
    Air Raid On April several American bomber squadrons were informed that their German targets were temporarily unavailable due to cloud cover As it was too late to turn back the assembled ordnance of t

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    1. Noch vier Wochen vor Kriegsende, am 8 April 1945, bombardierten die Alliierten im stlichen Harzer Vorland das 51.000 Einwohner z hlende Halberstadt Die Junkers Flugzeugwerke und die im Sommer 1941 ausgehobenen Stollen f r die unterirdische Waffenproduktion machten die Stadt zum Angriffsziel der Alliierten Der Regisseur und Schriftsteller Alexander Kluge hat das Ereignis nach allen Seiten hin recherchiert, Material zusammengetragen und stellt das Mosaik des Angriffs, den er selbst als Dreizehnj h [...]

    2. An appalling account of the Allied destruction of a small town chosen as primary targets were unavailable of no strategic or military importance that was wantonly and completely destroyed by the ordnance of 200 allied bombers We see how the history of industry and its objective existence, are the open book of man s essential powers, human psychology made present and perceptible so said Marx

    3. At 11.32 a.m on 8 April 1945 catastrophe was visited on the medium sized town of Halberstadt in north Germany by 200 U.S.A.F B 17s and B 24 bombers which arrived in a series of waves to leave behind a mushroom cloud, a firestorm and wholesale destruction Four days earlier General Eisenhower, SACEUR, had ordered the cessation of carpet bombing by Allied forces, not that these pilots or planners had heard that Moreover Halberstadt was not the planned target, it was an unfortunate reserve But Air R [...]

    4. German literature has clearly has a very unique context, following World War II, in which it has been compelled to reckon w recent history How does a writer in the context of speaking of, w , and for his fellows engage the madness, horror, and senseless destruction brought on by the rise and mad hubris of National Socialism Kulge aside from being a writer, he was one of the prime movers of the New German Cinema takes a sober approach, and one that is two pronged he starts on the ground, w the to [...]

    5. A shocking indictment of the Allied strategy of pattern bombing of German town and cities during WWII Clearly the survivors and shocked not just beyond words, but seemingly beyond remembering

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